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Homemade Lip Balm




Using essential oils (such as lime, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, or peppermint), you can customize this basic recipe, which consists of unscented oil and wax. Purchase tubes and plastic tubs like the ones shown here (cosmetics jars are also ideal). The recipe yields 1/2 ounce.



  • 3 teaspoons grated unbleached beeswax
  • 5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor, or jojoba)
  • 6 or 7 drops essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey, for flavor


  1. Step 1

    Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.

  2. Step 2

    To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick with a coffee stirrer. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1999




Reviews (6)

  • EditMyWorld 4 Mar, 2014

    I just made my own lip balm & used my own recipe. I think it made the equivalent of about what this recipe would be, a good sized tin of balm or a few chapstick tubes. Can get pricey with essential oils and cute containers but making it a group project where you split the cost with friends would definitely help. DIY video here if anyone would like a quick lip balm how-to & container ideas:

  • mrsherbal 11 Aug, 2011

    i used a similar recipe including honey and i had the same problem with the honey not mixing with the other ingrediants and just pooling at the bottom of the jar.can anyone tell me how to stop this from happening????

  • Taffyrn 9 Aug, 2011

    you can get beeswax at a local natural store like vitamin cottage or whole foods and sometimes at the farmers market, also you can buy beeswax already in pearls to make it easy to measure--- online....
    as far as how much it makes it depends on the size of your container but 7-12 is typical.

  • Lscalz 24 Jan, 2011

    Does anyone know how much lip balm this recipe makes?

  • sarastickland 27 Jan, 2009

    Is there a certain place to look for the beeswax or do you have to order it online?

  • schiquette 10 Apr, 2008

    I made these along with home made soap, body scrub, and bath salts for homemade spa gift baskets on Christmas. They were a big hit with my friends and family, and were an affordable luxury!